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Zimbabwe - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:57 pm on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Chair, International Relations and Defence Committee 2:57 pm, 31st January 2019

If my noble friend would forgive me, I have not spoken in the debate but have attended it throughout and it has beenexcellent. Is it not worth bearing in mind that not only is he an excellent Minister with responsibility for the Commonwealth but we are the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth at this moment? Is it not possible to be more proactive? Zimbabwe used to be a great member of the Commonwealth, but of course it left and there is now a disaster. Its plight and the impact of this on the whole of Africa and surrounding Commonwealth countries is very serious. Is it not possible to organise a stronger voice through the 53 Commonwealth members, including the great powers of Asia, in determinedly discouraging the Zimbabwean authorities from pursuing this hideous course? It is wrecking its chances and its prosperity.